Overview: The monsoon flow should become a little more significant overhead today so storms may be a bit more numerous and areas of heavy rain a bit more widespread. The heat is going to remain for a while. Air quality will again be a concern for heavily populated areas along the I-25 corridor due to our stagnant weather pattern, particularly for the Denver metropolitan area, but high levels of ozone are also possible at times around El Paso County and so an Air Quality Alert has been issued until 4:00 PM again for today.
Today: We’ll be partly cloudy this morning with scattered showers and thunderstorms likely again this afternoon. While thunderstorms will again be most widespread over and near the mountains, isolated storms could also reach the plains late today. Thunderstorms aren’t likely to be severe today with frequent lightning and gusty wind likely with many storms. Storms will be slow moving again so any stronger storms could produce localized downpours and help to cool the air some. Should any slow moving storms interact with our local burn scars there will be some potential for flash flooding. High temperatures will reach the upper 80s to upper 90s for the plains, mainly 70s and 80s for the mountains and mountain valleys.
Tonight: Any showers or thunderstorms will wind down this evening with the sky gradually clearing through the night. By morning the air should have cooled into the 60s for the plains with mainly 50s over the mountains.
Extended: Showers and thunderstorms will gradually decrease in coverage next week. The air will remain hot with afternoon temperatures routinely in the 90s to near 100 for the plains, mainly 70s and 80s for the mountains and mountain valleys. The storms that do develop over the next several days should remain below severe criteria, but they will continue to be slow moving which could mean that spotty areas will receive downpours that could result in some localized heavy rain. Should a stronger, slow moving cell interact with any of the local burn scars we could expect flash flooding to be a possibility, but for many areas the storms will produce more wind and lightning than rain and bring some welcome, although temporary relief from the heat. Storms will be pretty scarce Wednesday and Thursday do those days may be the hottest for many areas. A weak cold front may take the edge of the heat and increase storms again a little by Friday.